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J'ai ete au bal [I Went to the Dance]
The definitive film, by Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz, on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana. The film includes many Cajun and Zydeco greats, featuring Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Marc and Ann Savoy,…
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris -- boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of.
Chulas Fronteras
A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteno musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza. Selected for The Library Of Congress, National Film Registry…
Perfumed Nightmare
Produced and directed by Kidlat Tahimik, this brilliant semi-autobiographical fable tells the story of a young Filipino born in 1942 (during the Occupation), his awakening to, and reaction against, American cultural colonialism. In his small village, Kidlat dreams of Cape…
Innocents Abroad
A warmly amusing look at a bus-full of American tourists on a whirlwind tour of Europe. The eclectic soundtrack includes Mozart, Bob Dylan, Sandy Denny, Jonathan Richman, others. Innocents Abroad takes an amusing look at how Europeans and Americans stereotype…
Turumba
Set in a tiny Philippine village, the inimitable Kidlat Tahimik's film focuses on a family that makes paper-mache animals to sell during the traditional Turumba festivities. One year, a department store buyer purchases all their stock. When she returns with…
Short Films of Les Blank I
Five short films from Les Blank Films. Clip #1: "Chicken Real" - Clip #2: "Cigarette Blues" - Clip #3: "The Sun's Gonna Shine" - Clip #4: "Dizzy Gillespie" - Clip #5: "Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut…
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All in This Tea
This film follows world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in existence. As a tea importer, Hoffman's obsession with this ancient beverage led him from "insipid tea bags in…
Wild Wheels
Harrod Blank's comic and revealing exploration of Art Cars -- customized automobiles which reflect the individualistic spirit of their drivers. Traveling across the country in his own wildly decorated VW bug, the filmmaker discovers a memorable cast of real-life characters…
Puamana
Aloha! This gentle portrait of Auntie Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers, focuses on Hawaiian women's contributions to family structure, art, music and dance. An intimate glimpse into the real culture of the islands.
The Arch
When The Arch opened in Paris, it received the most consistently positive reviews of any film to ever play in the "city of light". Set in 17th Century China, this film is considered the first art film in the Chinese…
Short Films of Les Blank III [Student Films]
Les Blank attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and pursued a Ph.D. in communications. These sudent films, made from 1960-1962, represent his initial interest in making narrative films. Three of the films freature his wife at the time, Gail Blank,…
4 videos
Automorphosis
Automorphosis , a follow up to Harrod Blank's Wild Wheels , looks further into the minds and hearts of an inspiring collection of eccentrics, visionaries, and just plain folks who have transformed their autos into artworks. On a humorous and…
Marc and Ann
Enchanting portrait of Marc and Ann Savoy, Cajun musicians who are dedicated to the preservation and continuance of Cajun culture. Marc is an irreverent storyteller and accordion maker; his wife Ann is the mother of four, and author of the…
Del mero corazón
A lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Nortena music tradition. Performers include, Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela Ortiz, Andres Berlanga, Ricardo Mejia, Conjunto Tamaulipas, Chavela y…
Art Car Shorts
This is a compilation of short film portraits of art car artists filmed and edited by Harrod Blank. Shooting began in 1995 and editing was completed in 2008. Shorter versions of these portraits appeared in the film Automorphosis in 2009.…
8 videos
Short Films of Les Blank II
Five short films from Les Blank Films. Clip #1: "Pleasure Faire" - Clip #2: "Christopher Tree" - Clip #3: "My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell" - Clip #4: "Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge" - Clip…
5 videos
Huey Lewis and the News: Before
This film follows one of the world's top rock-and-roll bands of the 80's and a crew of fifty technicians to the Bahamas for the making of a music video for their number one hit single, "Stuck With You" for their…
Ziveli! Medicine for the Heart
This little known Les Blank gem is a portrait of the Serbian-American communities of California and Chicago. At the time of the California Gold Rush, the first Serbian immigrants arrived from the rugged Balkan Peninsula to settle in the New…
Oh My God! It's Harrod Blank
An obsessively-made documentary, filmed over 16 years, exploring the creative life and adventures of the eccentric artist and entrepreneur Harrod Blank. From his youth growing up in the woods with chickens and working as a camera assistant for his father-…